Fields of Vision art project turns field into canvas

Andrew Wood and Trudi Entwistle working on her Ripples design for the Fields of Vision art project at Lower Laithe

Andrew Wood and Trudi Entwistle working on her Ripples design for the Fields of Vision art project at Lower Laithe

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Work is now well underway to bring to life a major land art project in the district which is part of the Tour de France cultural festival.

The Fields of Vision team, spearheaded by Worth Valley Young Farmers, has begun preparing one of these scenic sites – the Lower Laithe reservoir banking in Stanbury.

The banking has been marked out using simple string, peg and ribbon techniques to provide a living canvas for a depiction of ‘Ripples’ by Hebden Bridge-based artist Trudi Entwistle.

The artwork will be created using liquid fertiliser, enhanced with iron, to form patterns of darker green grass leaf which will contrast strongly with the lighter greens of the backdrop.

Trudi said: “This work is water-inspired, focusing on the ripples on or over the land and the relationship with the strong geometry of this man-made site with its linear walls and field boundaries.”

Andrew Wood of Worth Valley Young Farmers said: “This site is particularly iconic. It’s become the Fields of Vision ‘poster girl’ as it was brought to life digitally to preview the project – which has now been seen in lots of publications.

“That means we are under added pressure to make sure the field’s finished artwork exactly matches the design.”

A more typical Yorkshire flavour has already emerged on another site near Stanbury, where ‘One man and his dog’ by Simon Manfield has already been marked out and can be viewed from the lay-by outside Haworth Cemetery.

Next on the agenda will be the Oxenhope artwork by Louise Lockhart, in the form of a dancing lady. This will represent the role bikes played in the emancipation of woman in the Victorian Era.

Another Worth Valley location, off Goose Cote Lane, will host Bradford-based artist Razwan ul-Haq’s ‘Italic bike’ design.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s lead councillor for skills and culture, said: “I’m delighted that this really ambitious concept from Worth Valley Young Farmers has grown into something so inspirational for Bradford District’s contribution to the Yorkshire Festival.

“Fields of Vision gives us the opportunity to showcase the beauty of our local landscapes, which provide a stunning backdrop for the work of internationally acclaimed artists.

“And there’s the added bonus of involving the wider community in not just this project but the cultural festival as a whole.”

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